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Check-in with OIS

All new international students who are physically present in the U.S. must complete an Immigration Check-in with OIS in order to fulfill the requirements of U.S. immigration regulations. This process should be completed shortly after your arrival to the U.S. but no later than 30 days after the start of the fall semester on August 24. For fall 2020, the check-in process will be conducted virtually and no in-person visit to OIS is required.

Fall 2020 Virtual Immigration Check-in for new UIC international students physically in the U.S.

  1. Download, complete, and sign the New Student Immigration Check-in Form.
  2. Gather your immigration documents:
    1. I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) for study at UIC (F-1 or J-1 status only)
    2. Passport Biographic and Expiry Page
    3. Passport Visa Stamp of I-797
    4. I-94 Record (download here:
    5. I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt (F-1 or J-1 status only)
    6. Proof of Health Insurance (J-1 status only)
  3. Convert the completed New Student Check-in Form and all supporting documents to PDF format and save them as individual files.
  4. Email your Immigration Check-in PDFs to and include your name and UIN in the email message.
  5. Respond to any follow-up emails you may receive from an OIS Advisor.

If your SEVIS registration hold has not already been removed, we will remove it as part of this check-in process. This will allow you to register for classes. You must be registered for full-time in your first semester of your program, including summer. Again, the Immigration Check-in with OIS should only be completed by new international students who are physically present in the U.S.

For students with immigration documents sponsored by UIC, failure to check-in within 30 days of the start of classes will result in termination of your nonimmigrant status.

Medical Insurance Policy Requirements for J-1 Students

In addition to Campus Care, J-1 Exchange Visitors (students) and their J-2 dependents must have health insurance that meets the minimum requirements as defined by the U.S. Department of State, at all times during the J program. Most J-1 students will need to purchase supplemental insurance to include medical evacuation and repatriation. Please see the J-1 insurance section of our website for additional information. Proof of insurance will need to be provided to OIS upon Check-in.